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Disruption – the entire world is feeling it at the moment, so how can we, as writers, keep our creativity bubbling and stay focussed? It’s hard – we’re not going to deny that – but looking at your schedule and productivity in a different way can help you stay a bit calmer, get some work done and prepare for when you’re on a more even keel.
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Ways to help deal with a disrupted schedule:
-Ease pressure on yourself by pushing your own deadlines (communicate them early to service providers if you can’t meet them).
-Acknowledging and accepting something has changed, and that it’s ok to be off-balance.
-Create a new schedule by looking at your circumstances and adjusting.
-Don’t beat yourself up because you are not doing the amount of work you were before things changed.
-Find a space to work among the chaos and away from other members of your household
-Life gets disrupted regularly and the tools / skills you figure out now will help in the future when the “usual” disruptions happen – eg holidays, school breaks, illness, travelling etc.
-Don’t overthink things. Change is happening, and roll with it, make the best of it. People will be reading more than ever, so remember that positive!
-If your allotted work/writing time is small, then hit the ground running and be productive while you can. Ten minutes a day can still be productive.
-If the words don’t come, then accept that for now and pivot to doing something else for your author career – e.g. watching a craft tutorial, learning a new skill or tool like canva, reading business / writing books
-As much as possible, focus on positive news and people. Set boundaries on news intake / social media scrolling. Try hard to stay in touch with people that lift you up and in turn be of service to others.
-Romance writers (and other writers) are fulfilling a very real need as a way for people to escape via books – be proud of what you’re doing!
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